Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
“I would love to walk down the street one day with people passing me, stating….there goes the greatest hitter the game has ever seen” Such was the dream of a young Ted Williams as he pursued his place in baseball history with a steadfast persistence. Ted’s dream DID become a reality for most baseball experts agree that Ted Williams is the greatest hitter who ever lived. His .344 lifetime average, 521 home runs, and being the last player to hit .400 in that magical 1941 season all attest to this legacy. The “Splendid Splinter” as he was commonly called, not only handled the bat better than anyone who ever stepped into a batter’s box, but served two stints as a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War. It is, therefore, both his baseball iconic stature and wartime heroism that led to him being the true embodiment of a National hero. With that in mind, we are proud to present a Ted Williams 1957 Topps #1 card that personifies his quest of being “second to none”. His representation on this spectacular SGC Mint 96/9 has also achieved crème of the crop status in the baseball card industry. To date, SGC has graded almost over 300 examples with only ONE other existing at this tier and NONE graded higher! Furthermore, it is virtually unfathomable that a #1 card in any set portray the pristine qualities exhibited by this flawless masterpiece. The ‘godly’ follow through swing of Ted is perfectly registered with a crystal clear stadium backdrop to the image. All four clean white borders are well centered, and the perimeter exhibits razor sharp edging and four scintillating square corners. The back of the card is also unblemished, with the verbiage depicting vivid focus. The term ‘pack fresh’ ultimately defines this card, an unequivocal “blazer”, and it is no wonder that no existing SGC example has surpassed its grade. One must wonder how any card can achieve ‘gem mint’ status if this card falls short of the ultimate 10 grade. This we do know……it is hard to imagine that any card over 50 years old, let alone a Ted Williams specimen that is a #1 card in the set, could equal or surpass the aesthetics for this presented example. The irony is that Ted Williams, whether hitting a baseball or shooting down enemy aircraft, was the best at his craft and this picturesque depiction of his 1957 Topps card compliments the notion of ‘Teddy Ballgame’ outdistancing the rest of the field. If you are a high-end grade HOF collector, don’t sit back and let this Cooperstown worthy example pass you by!
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